Welcome to McKee Ranch
Along with his busy schedule in the PBR arena and large traditional rodeos such as Cheyenne and Pendleton (to name a few), Justin has had the opportunity to get more involved in his hometown community. It wasn’t long ago when he felt strongly about a new endeavor…leading more people to the Lord. This move has not only blessed his family, but his own personal fulfillment as well. Now you can hear his voice and testimony in the local Lenapah Cowboy Church as well as on your living room TV announcing some of PRCA’s largest rodeos! Currently, you can enjoy the commentary by Justin and Suzanne Alexander on Inside Rodeo as they conduct interviews and prepare viewers at home for each night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo! The McKees are thrilled about this opportunity and what the future holds for their family.
As many already know, Jeannie has had great success over the last several years training extremely solid barrel horses and prospects. 2011 has definitely brought on more success after what started out to be a roller coaster for her and her main steed, Doc (Dr Nicks Pleasure). In late February, traveling home from the PRCA rodeo in Sedalia, MO, Jeannie and two other friends/barrel racers (LeAnn Stockton and Blazi Weippert) lost control on a patch of black ice, turning the truck upside down, trailer on its side, totaling the entire rig. Thankfully, all three ladies and their horses made it out safely. However, it was Jeannie and Doc who suffered the worst injuries. After what seemed like a lifetime, several worked vigorously to help Doc free his leg from a suspended partition in the trailer. Jeannie tried to calm his struggle, and in those efforts, lost the tip of her thumb which later had to be totally reconstructed.
After many prayers and a chance for both to heal, it was back to the rodeo scene just two months later. Although Jeannie was apprehensive about how Doc would physically handle himself, (as well as concerns about her new thumb), he put forth his normal efforts. The pair picked up a check at their first run back at the Prairie Circuit rodeo in Abbyville, KS. From there, they won a third place check worth $1,996 at the Old Fort Days rodeo in Ft. Smith, AR finishing close behind NFR qualifiers Benette Barrington and Carlee Pierce.
Although things were looking up for their summer start, Doc started showing signs of soreness and struggled with lingering trauma from the wreck. A finicky eater, Doc was still able to produce great runs, but Jeannie knew something was missing. New and old injuries such as broken ribs, muscle atrophy, major sensitivity to his back, appetite loss, etc. were just a few symptoms of Doc’s personality change. Through major prayer and a good friend suggesting the use of Silver Lining Herbs, Doc made vast improvements. He not only put on weight and started to transform to a different animal, and also became stronger than ever. The power of prayer should never be underestimated! A battle of lameness and near helplessness to care for her number one competitor turned into the ultimate blessing for her barrel racing career. The duo had a great year, despite the turmoil they overcame. Jeannie and Doc won PRCA rodeos such as Carthage, MO, Mesquite, TX, Elk City, OK, won the short round in Dodge City, KS, and finished second at Amarillo by thousandths of a second behind Carlee Pierce (to name just a few).
To kick off 2012, Jeannie tipped a barrel in the progressive round at the tour rodeo in Kansas City to win that round. Great things are in store for this pair in 2012, as she was one of twenty professional barrel racers to be invited to the National Western Stock Show-Super Saturday Event in January. Only a handful of barrel racers were invited to compete at this one day event with tons of money up for grabs! Stay tuned for more updates on how Jeannie and Doc are doing, and be sure to check out her young prospects for sale that are coming along strong!!
Although Kassidy doesn’t have all the experience under her belt yet like her mother, she is showing tremendous maturity as a horseman and competitor. Riding a solid horse trained by Jeannie, Kassidy has had major success this year to boost her and “Stitch” (Assured to Nick) to upcoming competitions. In an exhibition at Abbyville, KS in the Saturday night performance after the professional’s ran at the PRCA rodeo, Kassidy and Stitch clocked a time that would’ve won them a 5th place check had she been old enough to enter the rodeo! In October, the pair won the 2D both days at the WPRA Junior World Finals in Lincoln, NE and placed 6th in the average overall. This was their first time to compete at the WPRA finals against seasoned 18 year-old girls. Kassidy and Stitch also showed consistency at the Purina Junior Classic in Claremore, OK. Involved in school activites, sports, and rodeo pageants, Kassidy excels in public presentation (wonder where she gets that) and loves to sing. This talented pre-teen is sure to grace the rodeo scene soon enough!
McKee Ranch Barrel Horses
Jeannie is currently training some major talent at the McKee Ranch. She has also sold very nice horses that have gone on to compete at the professional level. Young Rylee McKenzie had tons of success with “Dollar” (full brother to Doc) until his unexpected death caused by an injury during a run this summer. The two were definitely on their way to a great rodeo future. Take a look at the bloodlines and the prospects for sale, listed on the website separately. Please e-mail or call for any inquiries!
This is the McKee Ranch team!
“Doc” Dr Nicks Pleasure
--Dr Nick Bar x Miss Profit Acct (by Assured Pleasure)
“Stitch” Assured to Nick
--Dr Nick Bar x Pleasures Tapa Gal (by Assured Pleasure)
Frenchman’s Guy X Miss Profit Acct. (by Assured Pleasure)
--Won the WPRA Sycamore Springs Derby in June, will be seen at rodeos with Doc soon!